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Tryon Creek State Natural Area, Portland

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The Tryon Creek State Natural Area is a state park located primarily in Portland, in the U.S. state of Oregon. It is the only Oregon state park within a major metropolitan area. The 645acre park lies between Boones Ferry Road and Terwilliger Boulevard in southwest Portland in Multnomah County and northern Lake Oswego in Clackamas County and is bisected from north to south by Tryon Creek.ResourcesThe park includes hiking trails, a paved bicycle path, and horse trails. The 3mi bicycle path, which runs along Terwilliger Boulevard on the east edge of the park to Lake Oswego, is part of the Portland metropolitan area's system of greenway trails known as the 40 Mile Loop. Near the main entrance off Terwilliger, part of the parking lot is devoted to horse trailers. Riders can choose between the 2mi North Horse Loop and the 3mi West Horse Loop. Hikers can use the bike path, the horse trails, and 8mi of hiking trails. The paved 0.35mi Trillium Trail, a loop furnished with drinking fountains and interpretive signs, can accommodate wheelchairs.A park building called the Nature Center is near the main park entrance. It has a small play area for toddlers, a gift shop, a large classroom, and a separate area for educational exhibits. Nearby is the Glenn Jackson Shelter, a covered structure for outdoor events.
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  • This is another one of Portland's close-in forest parks -- lots of acres, and miles of trails -- some are paved and some are not. Looks like horses are allowed on some trails, and bikes on the paved t...  more »
  • A state park in the middle of the city: an amazing find. There are many trails to wander about; half the fun is getting "lost" and then picking up the trail again later on. Some of the trails are eque...  more »
  • Can't believe I've lived here so long and haven't hiked here before! Feels like you're miles from home, out in nature. Trails, streams, wooden bridges, gorgeous moss covered trees. Didn't get to the n...  more »
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  • A great getaway in the middle of the city. Perfect for a day trip or a quick getaway with a huge variety of trail lengths and difficulties. The nature center is great too, very educational and a nice amount of gifty things. Rangers are very helpful and friendly. Definitely worth a stop in.
  • Very beautiful area to hike. Sometimes the trails take you to rich people's backyards and you have to back track or take the path on the street to get back on trail. Makes a huge loop if you plan the walk right!
  • This is a nice family park where you can hike as long or as short as you like. Love the visitor's center as well. We just became members. :)
  • A great place to hike for the family. Bring the dog(s). The trails are easy but a bit steep in some places. It is quite with virtually no sounds of cars. There are lots of birds to be seen and heard. If you come in the Spring you can visit the annual Trillium festival with many many flowers to be enjoyed.
  • Great for short hikes. Interesting flora. Trails generally in good shape; hilly. Nice nature center. But gets crowded and parking is limited. Weekends are very busy.